Brighton promoted to the Premier League

Anthony Knockaert

GETTY Anthony Knockaert won the Championship Player of the Year

"We have to strengthen, that goes without saying, but we're not looking to spend huge amounts. We've put ourselves in a good position to attempt to do it".

It means the Seagulls will be playing top-flight football next season for the first time in 34 years.

Bloom, despite his reputation as a poker player, is also a keen businessman and bears strong ties to the club historically - his family were involved with Brighton dating back to the 1970s when his grandfather Harry was vice-chairman.

Sone Aluko and Neeskens Kebano settled matters as the numerical disadvantage came to bear in the second period.

"It's a performance today that apart from that last 15 minutes warrants us being where we are, we've been outstanding all season". He scores goals and creates goals. 'We wanted to keep him and that was one of our easier ones.

Chris Hughton's men will now look to finish the season strongly and win the Championship outright, a feat which can be achieved with just one more win. "It had something to do with how the season ended last season", he said, "but I think it was more the fact that the players enjoyed being up that end of the table, competing, getting into the play-offs". We set our stall out that's what we wanted to do'. However, the Seagulls' promotion to the Premier League was something that got me, and I'm sure all of Crystal Palace fans', licking their lips.

Despite the pressures of the job and the microscope that football fraternity is constantly under, Hughton is still very much in love with the game.

"Now we've got to refocus again. He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy", he added.

Brighton's revival offers inspiration for proud clubs on the slide, such as Leyton Orient and Coventry, suffering under unscrupulous ownership.

It is the second time in three years that Knockaert has won promotion from the second tier, although his achievement with Leicester in 2014 was subsequently dampened when he was restricted to just three league starts the following season before being sold.

The 58-year-old told talkSPORT: "This club has Premier League facilities - the stadium and the training ground are exceptional, but of course, it's ok having the facilities, you've got to be a Premier League team. Being in the Premier League is massive but we don't intend it to be the last by a long shot". We were so close to going out of the Football League.

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